FilmDistrict Acquires Are We Officially Dating?. FilmDistrict has acquired the distribution right to Tom Gormican‘s Are We Officially Dating? (2013) starring Zac Efron. FilmDistrict has gathered the U.S. distribution rights. The foreign distribution rights for the film have not been disclosed yet.
The official press release for FilmDistrict acquisition of Are We Officially Dating?:
SANTA MONICA, CA June 17, 2013 – FilmDistrict announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? directed by Tom Gormican and starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller.
Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures produced, along with Scott Aversano and Andrew O’Connor. Treehouse Pictures financed the comedy. Executive producers are Jason Barrett, Manu Gargi, John Friedberg, Michael Simkin, Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman. FilmDistrict plans to distribute the release wide in the U.S. on January 31, 2014.
Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict’s CEO, said “We are all excited to be involved with ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? and all the rising talent in front of and behind the camera. Tom wrote a script that is as funny as it is heartfelt and we are pleased to release his directorial debut.”
Producer Justin Nappi, Founder and President of Treehouse Pictures, added, “We couldn’t be happier that FilmDistrict will be releasing ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? in the US, ensuring that Tom Gormican’s highly relatable comedy with an amazingly talented cast has the chance to connect with the largest possible audience.”
In ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING?, three guys decide to support a friend devastated by a recent breakup by vowing to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.
The deal was brokered for the filmmakers by WME and CAA.
On Zac Efron:
In 2002, Efron began to appear in guest roles on several television series, including Firefly, ER, and The Guardian. He portrayed Cameron Bale on the now-cancelled WB series Summerland. Originally introduced as a recurring character, Efron became a regular cast member on the show in the second season in 2004, starring opposite the likes of Kay Panabaker, Lori Loughlin and Jesse McCartney. Since appearing in Summerland, he has also had guest roles on the shows CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Replacements. In 2003, Efron starred in the Lifetime original television movie Miracle Run. He played Steven Morgan, one of two autistic twins. For his performance, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-series or Special — Supporting Young Actor.In 2005, he played a main character in Hope Partlow’s music video for her song “Sick Inside.” Also in 2005, he played horse-loving Patrick McCardle in The Derby Stallion, where his character wants to beat the town bully at the steeple chase race.
In 2006, Efron starred in the Disney Channel original movie High School Musical as Troy Bolton, a popular student and captain of the basketball team. The film, which he initially made with “low expectations”, helped Efron gain recognition among teenage audiences as both an actor and a singer, even though his singing voice was overdubbed. As a result, he placed as high as #4 on the IMDBPro’s STARMeter for the week of January 29, 2006. In August 2006, Efron won a Teen Choice Award in the Breakout Star and the TV — Choice Chemistry categories, shared with Vanessa Hudgens. The film’s cast, along with Efron, toured Sydney, Australia, London, England, and other locations to promote the film.
In 2012, he voiced Teg Wiggins in The Lorax and starred in The Lucky One, a film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name. The same year, he also appeared in three independent films: he played leading roles in The Paperboy, alongside Nicole Kidman and John Cusack, and At Any Price, with Dennis Quaid, and had a supporting part in director Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts.
Are We Officially Dating? also stars Miles Teller, Imogen Poots, Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Lucas, Josh Pais, Eugenia Kuzmina, Emily Meade, Tina Benko, Kate Simses, Alysia Reiner, Victor Slezak, Mackenzie Davis, Takako Haywood, and Evelina Turen.
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